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A Science Author’s Carelessness Toward Truth, and What It Might Represent

A Science Author’s Carelessness Toward Truth, and What It Might Represent

Yesterday I wrote about massive confusion present in the first half page of Shawn Otto’s book The War on Science. Today I asked myself whether I’d jumped off some cliff of irresponsibility by judging a book by practically less than its cover. I didn’t. I didn’t judge the book at all, really. But I did judge its author, and I don’t think there’s anything irresponsible in it at all. I’ve also got some thought about why that judgment matters. You…

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The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

The One Thing Wrong With Seeking Advice On How To Respond to Tragedy

How do we respond to a tragic horror like this weekend’s shooting in Orlando? If you’re just asking now, you might be asking the wrong question. It’s not that there’s no answer. There is, and on one level it’s quite simple. I do not say it is easy, but at least it can be stated simply: We respond in love according to truth and grace, as always. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and God is love…

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College History Without Wars: Truth, Salvation, or None of the Above?

College History Without Wars: Truth, Salvation, or None of the Above?

My daughter called home yesterday from college, during the first session of a course on World History Since 1500. “I’m dropping this course,” she said. “The teacher said she’s not going to cover any wars. She thinks it’s more important to study the ways people have saved other people than to talk about people killing people.” Granted, I heard the story at third-hand. Maybe the teacher just meant she wasn’t going to cover war in great detail. I have to…

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“I’m not a better person than you, but my opinions are better than yours” — Really?

“I’m not a better person than you, but my opinions are better than yours” — Really?

Here’s postscript to my post Saturday on truth and humility and blogging. I’m convinced it’s possible to think, with no contradiction, “I am no better person than you, but my opinions are better than yours.” It sounds arrogant, but on a closer look there’s nothing necessarily wrong with it at all. By the end of this post I’ll have a question for you, though: is it possible for someone to know that his or her opinions are better than others’?…

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Overcoming Smug Religionism With Humility and Truth

Overcoming Smug Religionism With Humility and Truth

I’ve just published a piece on the good news of life in Christ. It’s his free gift of life to be received in both humility and truth. That was going to be all I said about it, except that the passage from Jesus’ teaching I quoted there (Luke 18:9-14) troubles me for how I live it out here on the blog. (This piece goes with that one, but its purpose is so different I wanted to start a different discussion thread…

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7 Truths That Changed the World

7 Truths That Changed the World

Book Review 7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas by Kenneth Richard Samples. It was a bold move, in a world that increasingly describes Christianity as evil and stupid, to speak of Christianity’s “dangerous ideas.” There are those who say Christianity has been not just dangerous but downright ruinous, and there’s nothing good about the way it has changed the world. Undeterred by such criticisms, Kenneth Samples presses on, telling us that dead men don’t always…

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